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Hello Kitty Girl
Creative Commons AttributionHello Kitty Girl - Credit: Kevin Dooley

Hello Kitty is a popular Japanese cartoon figure of a white cat with a red bow.  She was introduced by Japanese company Sanrio in 1974, and now generates billions of dollars of revenues per year.  Aimed at young girls, she has a cult adult following as well.

 

 

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Venus was the Roman Goddess of love. According to mythology, she was born out of the sea as a fully grown woman. Botticelli's famous painting, "The Birth of Venus", captures the moment: